Milford traffic committee votes to keep Phillips Way the way it is

MILFORD – The town’s Traffic Safety Committee voted Wednesday, Oct. 30, to recommend that Phillips Way stay one-way leaving Ledgewood Condominiums.

Condominium residents had petitioned the town to change the direction of the one-way street that connects the condos and an assisted living facility with Prospect Street and Route 13 in Milford to give them a second way to leave the development.

Residents of Prospect Street had petitioned the town to keep the road as it is.

The committee’s vote was 5-0-1, with Bill Parker, the town’s Community Development director, abstaining because he lives near Prospect Street.

On Oct. 21, residents of both areas packed a meeting at the police station, and people from Ledgewood, a 55-and-older development, told the committee they want to use Phillips Way to avoid the Tonella Road/Nashua Street intersection, where it’s difficult to make a left turn. Tonella Road is the only way out of the 98-unit development.

Prospect Street residents told the committee their road can not safely handle the additional traffic.

A few Prospect Street residents, but no one from Ledgewood, attended the committee’s afternoon meeting last week. As he was leaving, Marc Weinstein, of Prospect Street, said he was satisfied with the decision, but the Tonella Road problem “is a legitimate issue for the Ledgewood folks. They need some relief.”

Traffic Safety Committee Chairman Gil Archambault suggested that some of the money earmarked for the long-delayed South Street improvements be used to improve the Tonella Road intersection.

The Tonella Road intersection has been recognized by town officials as an area of concern for many years, and the Ledgewood Condominium Association has been asking for a change in the direction of Phillips Way for several years.

Residents of Prospect Street had also asked for the speed limit on their road be lowered from 30 to 25 mph, but Gary Daniels, the Board of Selectmen’s representative to the committee, said the board had not asked the committee for a recommendation on that issue.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or at kcleveland@cabinet.com.